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Caffine is Changing the world

        Do you know what kind of people give drugs to their children? Do you still know where in the world people take drugs before going to work? The answers are simple-ordinary people, just about everywhere. And the drug in question is caffeine. Scientists estimate that over 90 percent of the world’s population takes caffeine daily .Adults drink it in tea      and coffee. Children drink it in Coca Cola and similar soft drinks. It is also found in chocolate. As a result, most people in most places across the world at any time are under the influence of the drug. 

         Not surprisingly, there have been many scientific investigations into the exact effects of caffenine. Most agree that it stimulates the nervous system and helps the body make efficient use of food energy. This is why many people across Asia drink tea with food and why Westerners of ten eat their meals with a cup of coffee. The general result of caffeine is to make people more alert and focused. Unlike alcohol, caffeine does not change your behaviour. But it does increase your ability to do things.

        Because the effect of caffeine is so mild ,there have been few attempts to stop people using it.  

 

The Mormon Church, a US religious group which forbids the use of caffeine, is generally regarded as eccentric. But because nearly everybody takes it, the total effect of caffeine on the way the world has evolved is huge. Caffeine is the drug that changes the world.

        That is the argument of the "World of Caffeine " , a history of the drug by scientists Bennett Weinberg and Bonnie Bealer. Both tea and coffee were introduced to the West around 300 years ago. (The effect of these new drinks was felt immediately. In London, cof fee house were filled with people making plans; talking business and doing deals. The coffee houses themselves later developed into London is financial centre. And the deals done in the coffee houses were partly respon sible for a rapid increase in British trade. History was moving in that direction anyway. But the arrival of coffee speeded everything up.

        Weinberg and Bealer back up their claims with scientific research which shows that frequent use of caffeine causes people to grow new brain cells. They also point to research which shows that people with caffeine in their system perform a range of tasks better than those without it. Without caffeine, would the human race come so far and so fast?

        The Japanese tea ceremony might be an example of what anthropologists call " ceremonial chemistry ".This is a practice amongst ancient and primitive peoples of taking mind altering drugs as part of religious festivities.

        Tea has around 50% less caffeine in it than coffee, and there are real differences between tea and coffee drinking cultures. In Britain, the only European tea drinking culture, workers have been known to go on  strike to demand a ten-minute tea break in   the working day. Tea gives people enough caffeine to help put up with a boring job or help them recover after a hard day. It is something to share with friends. You build relationships over a cup of tea.

        But you get results with coffee. Coffee gives you that extra dose of caffeine. It is associated with staying up all night to finish a business plan or study for exams. When Starbucks opened their first coffee shops in China they got a lot of publicity. Much of this was because another fashionable foreign business had come to China. But maybe it was also a symbol that coffee culture had arrived. From now on, everything was going to get faster. It is worth thinking about. But don't think too long. There is much work to be done. Drink up and get busy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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